Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 10, 2014 12:53 ET

Harper Government Invests in Livestock Genetics for Export Market Development

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 10, 2014) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, today announced an investment of $1.6 million to the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) to help open new export markets to boost the global sale of Canadian dairy and small ruminants genetics.

This investment will focus on developing new markets around the world for Canada's dairy, sheep and goat sectors, with the goal of increasing the sale and export of dairy genetics by 10 per cent by 2015. Through promotion, training and education, the CLGA will work to differentiate Canadian genetics from that of competitors in some 45 markets around the world in order to help ensure the profitability and sustainability of the industry.

Quick facts

  • The CLGA is a national, not-for-profit trade association that represents the market access and animal health interests of those involved in the sale, service and promotion of livestock genetics both domestically and internationally. The CLGA membership includes 70 livestock organizations doing business in 100 countries worldwide.
  • In 2013 the Canadian dairy, sheep and goat industry generated over $120 million in exports.
  • Canada and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that will significantly boost trade and investment ties. Upon entry into force, almost 94 per cent of EU agricultural tariff lines will be duty-free.
  • This investment is made through the Market Development stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


"Our Government remains committed to supporting the agricultural sector through strategic investments to grow markets both nationally and internationally. This investment will help the dairy and small ruminant genetics industry open up new global markets and promote Canadian products to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"I am pleased to be here today with Minister Ritz for this important announcement. Livestock is a vibrant industry here in Oxford, and thanks to the hard work and outreach efforts of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, Canada is being recognized for its world-class dairy, goat and sheep genetics."

- Member of Parliament for Oxford Dave MacKenzie

"The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) applauds Minister Ritz for his continued support and investment in growing livestock genetic exports. The partnership between CLGA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada allowed CLGA and its members to develop new markets and grow the total market to over $123 million. This in turn provides revenue opportunities to 12,750 dairy producers and more than 1,000 sheep breeders and 450 goat breeders across Canada.

- Michael Hall, Executive Director, Canadian Livestock Genetics Association

Additional links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

CLGA (Canadian Livestock Genetics Association)

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Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario